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Health Collaborative

The New York Immigration Coalition’s Immigrant Health Access and Advocacy Collaborative (Health Collaborative) brings together health advocates from the NYIC’s community-based member organizations (CBOs), New York State of Health Navigators who serve immigrant communities, and our legal assistance partners at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest in a nationally recognized project to improve immigrants’ access to health care and health insurance through community education, capacity building and leadership development of CBOs, and system-level advocacy.

Since 2001, the NYIC’s Health Collaborative has worked strategically to expand immigrants’ access to quality, affordable health care by determining and monitoring barriers to accessing health care, working with providers and policymakers to reform practices and policies, and building the capacity of community groups to assist their immigrant constituents to navigate the health care system. 
The Collaborative brings together immigrant-focused CBOs and pro bono legal service providers focused on improving access to  health care and health insurance for individual immigrant clients and immigrant populations overall. The Collaborative addresses access issues at the ground level by educating health advocates at monthly meetings about options for affordable and accessible care—as well as processes for their navigation—that may be utilized by CBO clients and other community members. Collaborative members also report on immigrant health outreach, access, and enrollment outcomes and challenges to NYIC staff, thus providing a crucial source of feedback about immigrant health service utilization and barriers on the ground.  At the systems level, the Collaborative promotes policy changes to facilitate improved access for all immigrants.




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